Artículos en Inglés
A Natural Park in the Cordillera del Balsamo
Translated/Edited into English by Ricardo Machado
The Ministerio de Turismo (Ministry of Tourism) website considers this park one of the most important reserves in El Salvador. It forms part of the Cordillera del Balsamo 1070 meters above sea level.
Since its founding in 1949, Parque Balboa has enjoyed a cool climate, scenic rock formations and very typical rainforests.
It is named in memory of the Spanish discoverer of the Pacific Ocean, Vasco Nunez de Balboa. For this reason a monument that says “Espana, Madre de Pueblos” was constructed and donated by the Iberian colony in 1951. Interestingly, if you take the time to observe the monument which is at the park´s main entrance it seems to be a sundial.
Presently, the park has at its disposal more than 20 stands that sell pupusas and Plaza del Maiz where you can find various corn dishes and it also includes playgrounds with special attention for handicapped people.
If you have a passion for extreme sports, the park has a skating area, bike trails, sports courts, picnic areas, gazebos as resting areas, and also different monuments decorated with indigenous features that represent the Salvadoran culture.
How to get there by car?
To get to Los Planes de Renderos from San Salvador by car, take the road to the Comalapa International Airport. After going by the cemetery Jardines del Recuerdo take the road on the right side that leads you to Los Planes de Renderos, there is a street post that signals the road. It takes approximately 15 minutes to get there.
The street signs indicate the detour that leads to Panchimalco and the area of La Puerta del Diablo and Parque Balboa. Parque Balboa is located on the right side of the street of the detour, as a reference point to access the park you can see at the entrance the monument Espana, Madre de Pueblos.
Parking is available inside Parque Balboa for $ 1.
The buses that travel to los Planes de Renderos are: Route 12 and 17. You can board the buses at the center, or downtown San Salvador, near the Central market. The costs of the tickets are between $ 0.20 USD and $ 0.35 USD (weekends).
The playground area is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Note: The dining areas are open to the public until 10:00 p.m.
$0.50 per person (children under 8 and adults older than 60 enter for free).
$ 1 for parking
To learn more about the attractions and activities that Parque Balboa offers, you may contact the Salvadoran Institute of Tourism (ISTU) at (503) 2222-8000, extension 151 (department of information), or visit www.istu.gob.sv.